When it comes to the issue of immigration, the open borders “right” has adopted the parlance, tactics, and ad hominem attacks that traditionally emanate from the left. They impugn the motives of those who desire strong border security and orderly/gradual immigration as racist. However, in recent days, it is they who have been exposed as individuals who harbor deep-rooted prejudges…against native border Americans.
It started with Jeb Bush on Friday when progressive Kevin McCarthy invited him to speak before a group of House Republicans. Reading between the lines of his speech, he was propagating a sentiment that is borderline immigrant-supremacist. He suggested that we should embrace the Schumer/Obama immigration blueprint of amnesty and endless immigration because immigrants are more “fertile” and hardworking than their native-born counterparts. Essentially, he was saying that native-born Americans suck.
Then, over the weekend, Ryan Lizza quoted a Rubio aide saying, “there are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.”
Why do we need to tear down native-born Americans in order to extol the virtues of immigrants and exaggerate the virtues of illegal immigrants? And at what point does this land make people suck? Is it second generation?
Now, the latest rationale for amnesty is that these [mostly poor] immigrants are needed to fund border security. Wow – why didn’t we think of that idea before? On the one hand, we supposedly need the affluence of the illegals to purvey the security measures, but on the other hand Rubio needs the illusion of border security so Republicans will “be able to go back home and tell people that they have taken serious steps to make sure this never happens again.”
Really? How about we first prioritize the needs of those already here. Here’s a snippet of a speech that Calvin Coolidge delivered to a group of immigrants on October 16, 1924:
“We are all agreed, whether we be Americans of the first or of the seventh generation on this soil, that is not desirable to receive more immigrants than can reasonably be assured of bettering their condition by coming here. For the sake both of those who would come and more especially of those already here, it has been thought wise to avoid the danger of increasing our numbers too fast. It is not a reflection on any race or creed. We might not be able to support them if their numbers were too great. In such event, the first sufferers would be the most recent immigrants, unaccustomed to our life and language and industrial methods. We want to keep wages and living conditions good for everyone who is now here or who may come here.
“As a nation, our first duty must be those who are already our inhabitants, whether native or immigrants.”
Look, many of us are willing to accept that there is a targeted and finite labor shortage in specific sectors. But to suggest that at a time when there are millions of Americans looking for jobs, there is also a labor shortage that even the 55 million new immigrants and guest workers in this bill cannot satisfy, is simply asking us to suspend our commonsense.
What is really driving this indefatigable push for mass amnesty, precipitous immigration, and open borders is the desire on the part of big business for an endless supply of cheaper workers – be it low, middle, or high skilled. As the inimitable Thomas Sowell explains in his recent column, Economics vs. Need, we all have desires that are communicated in terms of “needs.” The Ag industry says it needs millions upon millions of immigrant workers. But that need, especially to the degree to which they are exaggerating it, is nothing more than a desire for government to guarantee them a maximum wage support, much like the price support scheme they are getting in the upcoming farm bill.
Under the House version of the farm bill, farmers can receive subsidies when prices for rice dip below $14 per 100 pounds and prices for peanuts sink to $535 per ton. The same goes for wages under our immigration policy. As soon as businesses begin feeling uncomfortable with a rising wage, they lobby government to bring in an unnatural flow of third-world workers – who are acculturated to a completely different standard of living.
If pro-amnesty forces are content with calling us anti-immigrant, then it is doubly apt to refer to them as anti-American – native or immigrant.